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'd hit a pothole on the runway. >> it was a really big shock. just a really big shock. >> there was a lot of texting, no, there was no screaming. there was some cursing. >> some people were freaking out but everybody was pretty calm overall. >> reporter: when you say freaking out, tell us. >> the girl next to me, she was right by the wing and crying and the other guy was trying to jump out of the emergency exit for a little bit, but everybody else was pretty calm. >> reporter: both planes were fully intending to head out of boston. both ended up stuck here. it could have been much worse? >> absolutely and there were kids on board, the kids were terrific. it was very calm, everybody was fine. >> that was wbz's jim armstrong reporting. safety officials hope audio tapes from the control tower will shed some light on how that accident happened. >>> there was another incident in the skies but this one was 240 miles above earth. nasa woke the space shuttle crew late thursday after a computer failure set off alarms. the astronauts aboard "atlantis" were able to switch to a backup system. they'll
big power source. the plan comes as demands for energy grow and objections to nuclear energy grow with it. witt johnson reports. >> reporter: with u.s. energy demand expected to increase by 21% in the next two decades, nuclear power has been staging a quiet comeback. president obama has called for billions in loan guarantees to build new nuclear reactors. but past disasters, like fukushima, japan, three-mile island, and chernobyl, have made americans fearful of nuclear energy. not one plant has gone online in the u.s. since 1996. >> that's basically a representation of the core. >> reporter: that's about to change. westinghouse ceo showed us the high-tech simulated control room for the ap1000. >> the u.s. fleet right now is about twice as safe as required by law. the ap1000 is 100 times safer. >> reporter: that claim will be put to the test when the very first goes online in china in two years. then by 2016 in georgia, two ap1000 reactors are scheduled to begin operation. >> no nuclear power plant is walk-away safe. i think it's really deceptive to try to paint any technology in t
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